I suspect this is another instance of the oblivious spellcheck, as I cannot imagine an author not understanding the difference in this word “confusion” of be versus bee.
The to be is ubiquitous and flavors almost every sentence written. If you don’t believe me, have a peek at the variety of words in the list of conjugations below!
Bee, of course, is another familiar word, although there may be some definitions with which you won’t be familiar. I’ve been involved in sewing and quilting bees, but the whole nautical aspect was an eye-opener for me.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Dictionary.com: be and bee|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Abbreviation; Noun; Prefix 1;
Verb 2, intransitive and linking
See Conjugations below.
|Abbreviation; Noun 3, 4, 5, 6|
Symbol for chemistry for beryllium
Bill of exchange, bill of entry
Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Engineering, Bank of England, bill of exchange, Board of Education, barium enema
Belgium (and its country code)
To occupy a place or position
To continue or remain as before
Used as a copula to connect the subject with its predicate adjective, or predicate nominative, in order to describe, identify, or amplify the subject
Used as a copula to introduce or form interrogative or imperative sentences
[Used in the perfect or past perfect tenses only] To pay a visit
Used with the present participle or infinitive of the principal verb to indicate future action
Used with the past participle of another verb to form the passive voice
Used in archaic or literary constructions with some intransitive verbs to form the perfect tense
Bachelor of Electrical Engineering [In South Africa] Black Economic Empowerment
The common honeybee, Apis mellifera
Also called bee block 4
[Nautical] A piece of hardwood, bolted to the side of a bowsprit, through which to reeve stays
[Obsolete] A metal ring or bracelet
[Nautical] A small sheave with one cheek removed and the pulley and other cheek fastened flat to a boom or another spar, used for reeving outhauls or stay 5
A social gathering for a specific purpose, as to carry out a communal task or hold competitions 6
“I think, therefore I am, not all that is can be understood.” – Shakespeare
The wedding was last week.
The book is on the table.
Let things be.
May good fortune be with you.
Martha is tall.
Is that right?
Don’t be facetious.
Have you been to Spain?
My birthday was last Thursday.
She is visiting there next week.
He is to see me today.
The date was fixed.
It must be done.
He is come.
Agamemnon to the wars is gone.
Bees pollinate flowers and produce honey.
A cheek with a sheave in it is secured on the top side of the bees, on each side, to form a lead for the fore guys.
Plant a pollinator garden, build a bee block, or simply reduce your pesticide use.
a husking bee
a spelling bee
a quilting bee
|Conjugations for Be|
|History of the Word:|
|1 Middle English, Old English be-, bi-, is an unstressed form of bī
2 Old English beon, beom, bion meaning be, exist, come to be, become, and happen come from the Proto-Germanic biju-, a b-root, meaning I am, I will be. This “b-root” (from PIE root bheue- meaning to be, exist, grow, and come into being) is represented by be and the am/was verb (itself a conglomerate). Both were two distinct verbs which merged to become the modern verb to be and has caused the to be being the most irregular verb and the most common in Modern English.
|1 First known use is before 1000.
Middle English be or the Old English bīo or bēo. It’s related to the Dutch bij; Old Saxon bī or bini; Old High German bīa, or bini; the German Biene; and, Old Norse bȳ.
It may be used with other suffixes: Lithuanian bìtė, OPruss bitte, OCS b&icaron;chela, or Old Irish bech.
Middle English beh meaning ring, Old English bēag, bēah. It’s related to Old Frisian bāg, Old Saxon, Middle Low German bōg, Old High German boug, Old Norse baugr, and Sanskrit bhoga-.
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?